Nothing fills that inexpressible void in your life quite like a pet. Perhaps it’s the unconditional love of a tail-wagging dog that greets you at the door every day. Or maybe it’s the affectionate kitten that curls up on your lap to provide some much-needed companionship. Whether furry, feathery or scaly, several studies show that owning a pet comes with physical and emotional health benefits. But before you run to the nearest pet shop, here are a few reasons why you should consider pet adoption as opposed to buying from a store.
You don’t get many opportunities to be a real-life superhero, but few things are more heroic than adopting a homeless pet. Many animals wind up in shelters through no fault of their own. Sometimes families move and can’t take their beloved pets with them, or they simply can’t take care of them anymore. That’s where people like you can make a big difference. Plus, when you adopt a pet, you’re not just helping the one that goes home with you; you’re also making room for another animal to get a second chance.
While pet shops and breeders regularly charge top dollar for dogs, cats and rabbits, you can often find exactly what you want at a shelter or rescue for a much lower price. Pet adoption fees range anywhere from free to a few hundred dollars, which is more enticing than the thousands you can expect to pay a breeder or pet store. Plus, the adoption fees usually include vaccinations, spaying/neutering and other veterinary needs, effectively removing these items from your to-do list. Also, many adoptable animals are already house-trained, so you won’t have to worry about ruining that expensive living room rug.
Keep in mind, however, that you’ll still need to provide for your pet’s basic needs once they're yours forever. Don’t forget to purchase a dog bed, water dishes, toys or other pet equipment to make your new friend feel at home!
It’s easier than you think
Now that you’re sold on the idea, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of how to adopt a dog, cat or whatever pet suits your fancy. After you’ve established that you’re ready to take on this new responsibility, it’s fairly easy to find an animal who could use a loving home. First, you can reach out to your local shelter or browse online listings to see which animals are currently available for adoption. Once you settle on that heartbreakingly cute face, arrange a time to meet your prospective pet in person. Fill out an application (if necessary), pay the applicable fees and you’ll be on your way with your new best friend! (Just don’t forget to bring a leash or carrier to take them home since most places require it.)
Find your new furry friend today
Are you ready to make space in your home for an animal in need? If you’re looking for the best place to adopt a dog, a cat or another rescue pet near you, you can find the perfect match on KSL Classifieds.